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scale back something

also scale something back
to reduce the size or amount of something The search for the child was scaled back sharply today, with almost a third of the volunteers heading home. The program was very effective, but the plan now is to scale it back.
Usage notes: also used in the form scale down: The original jury award of $10 million was scaled down to $250,000 by the judge.
Opposite of: ramp up something
See also: back, scale

scale back

v.
To reduce the scope or extent of something according to a standard or by degrees; reduce something in calculated amounts: The company scaled back the scheduled pay increase. After reviewing its budget, the school scaled its sports activities back.
See also: back, scale
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Irish lenders have called on the central bank to scale back its new mortgage rules.
The number of Baby Boomers who feel retirement will improve their lifestyle declined by half, from 27% in 2001 to 13% in 2005, with 20% of women now saying they will have to scale back "a lot.
JP Morgan Chase & Company (NYSE: JPM), the US' largest bank by assets, is looking to scale back its dealings with certain foreign banks as it seeks to reduce risk and tighten up controls in the face of heightened regulatory scrutiny, The Wall Street Journal has reported, citing a memo and sources close to the situation.
Schwarzenegger, who said his budget won't raise taxes, wants to scale back the renters' tax credit that currently provides payments up to $347 to low-income elderly, blind and disabled people.
According to Reuters, HSBC Holdings (LSE: HSBA) has announced a plan to scale back its Islamic banking operations.
He decided to shorten this year's stay, limit the hotels to one and scale back the Wolverines' schedule to keep them focused.
PCA users will have the chance to buy at or near the lows every year, as well as scale back their risk on big run ups.
Global Banking News-September 3, 2012--Barclays could scale back investment-banking operations(C)2012 ENPublishing - http://www.
The union makes a fair point when criticizing Romer for his failure to aggressively scale back the LAUSD bureaucracy, of which minidistricts have regrettably become one more useless layer.
The Company might scale back or stop entirely its expense reduction effort in light of other needs of the Company's business operations.
Global Banking News-27 February 2009-RBS planning to scale back operations in many countries(C)2009 ENPublishing - http://www.
Holden wants to scale back the compressed work schedule, a program that allows many Los Angeles Police Department officers to work three 12-hour days, or four 10-hour days a week.
Without limitation, these factors include the following: The Company might scale back or stop entirely its cost reduction effort in light of other needs of the Company's business operations.
The City Council's legislation to scale back term limits neither upholds a principle nor reflects the will of the people.